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Two in five UK children under the poverty line are not eligible for free school meals

03 December 2020
Prior to the pandemic, at least two in five school-age children - 1.3million - who lived below the UK’s poverty line were not entitled to free school meals, new analysis from Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) shows. All of these children are in families in low paid work but do not qualify because of stringent eligibility criteria, the analysis finds.

Early 2021 training course programme announced

01 December 2020
Browse and book a while range of courses now

Child benefit advent calendar

01 December 2020
2020 has been tough for us all, but children in particular have sacrificed a lot. They deserve a Christmas present from the nation. We're calling for a £10 increase to child benefit. It's lost nearly a quarter of its value since 2010. We know parents use it to meet kids' needs. Our child benefit advent calendar will highlight some of the ways child benefit supports parents and carers to ensure all children have the best start in life.

170,000 households hit by benefit cap

26 November 2020
Official figures out today show the number of households subject to the benefit cap has reached 170,000, an increase of 8% since May 2020. Most of the increase is in London. The cap limits the total amount of benefits low-earning or non-working households can receive.

CPAG in Scotland event at SNP conference

26 November 2020
If you are a delegate at the SNP conference, please join our joint fringe event with Save the children and One Parent Families Scotland: Strengthening financial security to end child poverty

Access to justice, one step at a time: Part 2

17 November 2020
Part 1 set out our approach at CPAG to access to justice in the social security field, namely ensuring: access to information, access to advice and assistance, and access to mechanisms for challenging unlawful decisions. Continuing with the last of these steps, the normal route for challenging a social security decision is by appealing it to a tribunal. Sometimes though, the appeal route is not available or, while available in principle, is not effective. In those situations, the route of legal challenge is judicial review.

Furthering access to justice, one step at a time: Part 1

17 November 2020
The ‘rule of law’ and ‘access to justice’ are concepts that are seen as fundamental to the proper functioning of a healthy, democratic society. The rule of law becomes perilously fragile if ordinary people are unable to hold public bodies to account.

New universal credit assessment period regulations

16 November 2020
New universal credit regulations come in to force today. This follows our successful legal case concerning people paid monthly getting two wages in one UC assessment period.

Scotland Webinar announced! Universal credit - migration and other issues

09 November 2020
Join us for an exploration of universal credit live issues. You’ll hear about migration to universal credit,  what to do when people lose out in a clash of wage cycles and assessment periods,  and about new rules for clients from the EEA. 

Need Scottish social security training?

02 November 2020
We have two essential courses coming up in November, with some spaces available.